You've seen the images in magazines, blogs, and vendors' websites. Those pictures documenting all of the little details of the day: the shoes, jewelry, dress, sentimental items, and those images of the bride gracefully getting into the dress that she carefully picked to wear when she walked down the aisle to become a wife.
We know you love those images, and we think those images are an important part of the wedding day story and deserve just as much preparation and planning as any other part of the day. So, while we always make the best of any situation, here are a few tips to help us create the best detail and bridal prep images possible.
Choose a Great Room
Often the rooms for preparation are chosen based on convenience and not on aesthetics. We find this is especially true for the guys. Often, they are shoved in a small closet, dungeon-like room, which makes it challenging to make excellent images. Before choosing the rooms for preparation, first and foremost, consider LIGHTING! Natural light is best! The more the better! If this isn't possible, rooms with as few distractions as possible with enough room to stash everyone's things in an out of the way corner is sufficient. And, if all possible, JUST SAY NO TO BASEMENT ROOMS, especially church nurseries with brightly colored walls!
Gather Your Details
Erika begins by photographing all of the details. We will remind you prior to your wedding, but having all of jewelry, mementoes, shoes, invitations, etc already gathered and with the girls before we begin makes it easy for her to get those images and move on the photographing the action.
Also, please have a wooden or other nice hanger ready to go for your dress. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just nicer than the plastic one that will come from the bridal shop. That will save Erika from spending 10 minutes searching all the closets for a decent hanger. It's the little things that make all the difference. You don't see nice dress shots in magazines with plastic hangers.
Allow Enough Time
In order for us to get those great detail shots, we need enough time. We will discuss the specifics as we create your timeline, but allowing sufficient time for each area of the day ensures we have the space to get what we need without rushing.
Consider what you will Wear While Preparing
Robes, button-up shirts, or other well planned attire, is typically great. Just make sure you think that part through and don't end up with a distracting shirt because you forgot what you wear before you put on the dress will be in pictures too.
What other time in your life will you have such an entourage while you prepare for your day? Live it up! This is your day!
All Images ©Erika Brown Photography. Image use outside of this blog without written permission is forbidden. Erika Brown Photography is an award winning Wedding Photographer based in Indianapolis, Indiana specializing in documenting couples in love through Engagement, Wedding, and Elopement Photos.